ACER Sheds Some Light on Crude Oil and Dispersants
The latest Word Wednesday
deals with two vital factors of oil spill research and mitigation: sweet Louisiana crude oil and chemical dispersants. Check out the post
to learn what causes crude oil to be considered “light,” “heavy,” “sweet,” or “sour” and how dispersants help responders deal with oil slicks.
ADDOMEx Conducts Sampling near Texas-Louisiana Border
Thirty researchers aboard the R/V Trident
collected thousands of water samples and measured water salinity, pH, and dissolved oxygen from the Flower Garden Banks and TABS Buoy R. They will analyze the samples to examine oil and dispersant’s effects on Gulf microbial communities. Read about these efforts here
(see “New and Noteworthy”) and view pictures from the event here
C-IMAGE Launches One Gulf Cruise Hub
The cruise will collect fish, sediment, and water samples, observe Ixtoc I
’s coastal impacts and degradation, conduct reef surveys, and observe fish diversity and PAH concentrations near Texas oil rigs. The One Gulf Media Hub contains information about the expedition’s research, a cruise tracker, and will be updated as the cruise progresses.
CONCORDE Wraps Up Summer Research Campaign
The campaign ultimately included 100 neuston tows, 63 Mininess tows, and over 40 CTD deployments. Posts to the consortium’s Condordia
blog about scientists’ life aboard a research vessel can be found here
, while technical updates about the campaign’s research can be found here
Meet CWC Researcher Samantha Setta
Setta is a research assistant investigating nutrient cycling, organic matter, greenhouse gas fluxes, and net primary productivity in the Louisiana salt marsh. Learn more
about her research, her journey into science, and her findings!
DEEPEND Teacher-at-Sea Chronicles Research Cruise
Chris Valdes, a marine biology magnet teacher at Cutler Bay Middle School, will be blogging about his experiences learning from and living alongside consortium researchers aboard R/V Point Sur
. Keep up with Chris’s posts here
Video: How DROPPS Researchers Are Investigating Spill Impacts on Plankton
The short clip depicts how Maud Moison, Sarah Cosgrove, and Charles Tang use mesocosm experiments to examine the harmful effects of oil and dispersants on the most sensitive and most important marine organisms: plankton.